Banaras Hindu University was founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviyaji in 1916. The university offers various undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses. BHU is constantly working towards promoting learning and research in the fields of Arts and Sciences. There are 6 institutes, 14 faculties (streams) and more than 132 departments functioning under BHU. With over 20,000 students, BHU is one of the largest residential universities in Asia. It has many colleges such as IIT-BHU, FMS-BHU, IAS-BHU, IMS-BHU, ESD-BHU that are considered among the best in the country.